The Toronto skyline is rapidly evolving, with apparently no end in sight to the high-rise condo construction boom. Many popular vistas of the city are almost unrecognizable when compared with similar views from just a few years ago. All the same, the most striking views of Toronto continue to be captured by professional photographers and avid Instagrammers alike. Here are 10 of the best spots for getting panoramic views around the city.
On the west side of Toronto, the shores of Humber Bay in Etobicoke offer many unobstructed views of the downtown area off to the east. If you can get up early enough, watching the sun rise over the city from this area is particularly spectacular.
A well-kept secret, Chester Hill Lookout offers a similar angle of the city as Riverdale Park – but in a more secluded setting. Here, you can look over the vista of the city skyline along with the Don Valley Parkway, the Prince Edward Viaduct, plus the Evergreen Brick Works.
Accessed by foot or bicycle, the Leslie Street Spit provides an alternative to the ferry and offers a similar view as the one from the Toronto Islands. A fascinating tidbit: excavated material from various 20th-century Toronto projects was used to build the Leslie Street Spit.
Toronto’s Port Lands, a windswept and industrial area, has parks and a marina that get busy during the summer months. As party-goers heading to and from the nearby local nightclub/entertainment complex Rebel know, the docks along Polson Pier provide a great diagonal view of the skyline up Yonge.
If you’ve got some money to spare, Canoe is an elite dining experience that offers beautiful panoramic vistas of the Toronto Harbourfront and downtown areas, which you can take in while enjoying Canoe’s upscale Canadian fare.
Canoe, 66 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 364 0054